We’ve kept you informed about the efforts in Nebraska to once again allow cigar smoking. It is now officially legal again for the state’s cigar bars. Governor Pete Ricketts signed the emergency bill late last week that reinstates the exemption to the smoking ban for cigar lounges. The Governor took the whole 5 days he had to either sign or veto the bill but in the end he signed it and it is now law.
The other side was pushing for a smoking ban in Kentucky, but it appears they lost. I know the CRA was working hard on the legislature.
House Bill 145 passed the House on Feb. 13 by a 51-46 vote. But that was the last vote on the bill.
Supporters of the bill complain that leaders of the Senate’s Republican majority delivered the deadly blow two weeks ago by referring the bill not to Adams’ Health and Welfare Committee but to the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee.
That committee is chaired by Sen. Albert Robinson, R-London, who opposes a smoking ban. Robinson has not called the bill for a hearing and said Monday he would not comment on it until his committee meets on Thursday.
Let’s hope this holds it would be a victory for us.